Lugano Diamonds Recognizes Winning Team Sponsor of the 2016 GCC

Feb 20, 2016 - 9:35 AM

The 2016 Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC) welcomed new corporate sponsor Lugano Diamonds


Lugano Diamonds VP of Sales, Susan Franklin, Lisa Lourie of Spy Coast Farm, Sales Manager, Joanne Minor and Executive Director of the GCC, Anne Caroline Valtin

Horses and riders braved pouring rain in the name of giving on Saturday, February 6, 2016, as the 7th Annual Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC), was featured during week four of the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

Shane Sweetnam, Kaely Tomeu, and Lindsay Tomeu were the winning team riders on behalf of the George Snow Scholarship Fund, team sponsors Spy Coast & Preston, and corporate sponsor Fidelity Investments® in the night’s event at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL.

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The winning team of representatives from George Snow Scholarship Fund with Commissioner Shelley Vana, Councilman John McGovern, Councilwoman Anne Gerwig, riders Lindsay Tomeu, Kaely Tomeu, and Shane Sweetnam, team sponsors Lisa Lourie & Preston, Mark Bellissimo, and Commissioner Melissa McKinlay.


Randomly paired with team sponsor Visse Wedell and representing Big Dog Ranch Rescue, Lugano Diamonds finished in 15th place, enabling the local non-profit organization to walk away with $26,000.


Lugano Tassel Pearl NecklaceThe highlight of Lugano‘s support however included giving a surprise gift to the winning team sponsor that night who happened to be Lisa Lourie of Spy Coast Farm.  Lisa has been involved in the GCC since its inauguration 7 years ago; this was however her first time winning the event.  In the last couple of years, she has been joined by Monika Preston, with whom she shares the team sponsorship.


“We wanted to do something different” comments Susan Franklin, VP of Sales for Lugano Diamonds. “Recognizing the individuals who bring forward the majority of the funds to put on such a spectacular event seemed like the right fit for us.  We are truly touched by the level of philanthropy surrounding the event.”


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Representatives of Big Dog Ranch Rescue, Aliza Korash, Sales Associate and Susan Franklin, VP of Sales for Lugano Diamonds


Lugano Diamonds offers an array of the most breathtaking assortment of stones, ideal-cut diamonds and custom-designed jewelry.

Their founding principles: Provide the finest stones and value with unparalleled quality, professionalism and service.

On behalf of the Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments®, we would like to thank Lugano Diamonds for joining us as corporate sponsors and for recognizing the winning team sponsor of the event.

For more information on Lugano Diamonds, please visit: or visit them at their booth at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

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About the 2016 Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC)

The 2016 GCC took place on Saturday February 6, 2016 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.  A highlight of the Winter Equestrian Festival, the event distributed over $1.6 million to 50 Palm Beach County non-profit organizations.
For a list of full standings and benefiting organizations, please click here.

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